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Man shot by Chico Police investigated in unrelated officer assault

The man shot and killed by Chico Police outside Petco in Chico Wednesday night is now connected to another incident involving police, according to District Attorney Mike Ramsey.

Posted: Oct 16, 2020 3:51 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2020 5:42 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The man shot and killed by Chico Police outside Petco in Chico Wednesday night is now connected to another incident involving police, according to District Attorney Mike Ramsey.

Ramsey says Stephen Vest was arrested March 6, after police say he assaulted a woman in the same area, near 20th Street Park.

In that incident, police were attempting to arrest Vest when police say he became combative and was taken to the ground, that's when police say he bit an officer in the leg.

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Ramsey also said prior to Wednesday night's officer-involved shooting, Vest also tried to stab a security guard who was patrolling the 20th Street Park area.

The security guard said, he too, tased Vest, which had no effect. Prior to Wednesday night's shooting an officer also tased Vest as he charged at officers with a knife, before two police officers pulled their duty weapons and shot him.

Ramsey is now awaiting toxicology reports, which should take about two weeks.

The two Chico Police Officers involved in Wednesday night's shooting are on administrative leave.

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